Low cost flights in New Zealand
With the availability of low-cost airlines such as Jetstar and Virgin Blue, domestic flights have become very affordable for those visiting New Zealand. For example, a direct flight from Auckland to Christchurch (1 hour and 20 minutes) could be as cheap as $50 NZD if booked in advance. Domestic airlines cover 25 destinations daily, making them a real boon for many people living in New Zealand.
Intercity offer 12 month passes to travel around New Zealand. An ideal option for Working Holiday Visas!
The Intercity flexi-pass can be booked and recharged online or over the phone. Several bus passes are available, with or without a predetermined route.
Prices (NZD): 5 hours for $57, 10hrs for $115, 15hrs for $169, 20 hrs for $225
A perfect option for backpackers and Working Holiday Visas who would like to start their trip with like-minded travellers!!
- - Your guide organises activities and book your accommodation,
- - Timings and itineraries are flexible, passes are valid up to 12 months
- - You can change your group and hop on hop off as many times as you like
Camper van hire in New Zealand
This is without doubt the way to travel around that affords you the most freedom! If you are travelling in a small group, renting a car or a campervan is by far the most economical and fun way to explore New Zealand. Spaceship New Zealand is a campervan rental company specialising in backpackers and budget travellers, and offer a large range of services and assistance. Click through for more information about Spaceship campervans , which are priced from NZD 59 per day.
Note: to drive a car or camper van in New Zealand, you must have an international driving license. Conditions apply (covering such factors as age and insurance). Check any requirements before making a booking.
TRAIN: Tranz Scenic private network
The Northern network connects Wellington to Auckland via Hamilton. In the south, connections are: Picton-Invercagill, Picton-Christchurch and Christchurch-Greymouth. Comfortable and picturesque, the Tranz Scenic also offers magnificent journeys through the mountains. The flexible travel-pass system is valid for 6 months. Students/backpackers receive a 20% discount.
Ferry: The Interislander Company
Daily connections between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) are guaranteed for those visiting New Zealand. The crossing takes around 3 hours and will cost approx. $63 NZD for a round trip and up to $224 NZD with a car or camper van.